Review | Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

“The bond between a mother and daughter is sacred. You know better than anyone that no matter how awful they are, we still find it in our hearts to love them.” 4.25/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: teeth, poison, surgeries, prison, medicine, feeding tubes, big eyes, makeup, cranberry vodka, wheelchairs, camping, newspapers, eyebrows and lies.

For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold.

Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar.

After serving five years in prison, Patty begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes. And Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling…

And she’s waited such a long time for her mother to come home.

This was such a pleasant surprise!

I’m almost 100% sure this is based on Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s true story. If you don’t know, it’s this huge case where Gypsy’s mother Dee Dee claimed her daughter had several serious diseases from the time she was born. But in reality Gypsy was healthy. Her mother made these claims, but she used poison to make her sick, she put her daughter on a wheelchair and fed her through feeding tubes to help convince doctors and the community her daughter was seriously ill. I know Dee Dee was actually sick with Munchausen’s (aka Factitious Disorder), so it was just a really difficult, messed up situation. I’m not a great storyteller, so I think you should Google this case to be better informed! Still, I wonder why the author decided to write a book based on this particular real story?

The mother/daughter relationship in this is incredibly intriguing. Their relationship is very toxic, and the way they talk to each other versus their thoughts was one of my favorite parts of this book. Both Patty (the mother) and Rose Gold were very manipulative, and I like how none of them is supposed to be likeable. Rose Gold was obviously very affected by her childhood, and it is completely normal she felt so much anger towards her mother, but it’s also clear she could be very manipulative to her own good.

I admit I wasn’t expecting this to be a thriller! I was expecting a mystery – and you get that, of course – but the thriller aspect was such a surprise to me. It was very creepy and haunting, and I wasn’t expecting that plot twist!

I’m very impressed with this book and I recommend this to everyone! It was really good and it was a very interesting approach to creating fiction through true-crime. Such a good book!


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